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The effects - or not - of the EU Tissue Directive
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The effects - or not - of the EU Tissue Directive
10 April 2006 - by James Lawford Davies
After four years of speculation, debate and revision, the EU Tissues and Cells Directive has finally (if quietly) come into force. Sort of. The Directive, binding on all EU Member States, is part of a programme of legislation intended to introduce quality assurance for European consumers. As the title of... [Read More]
More Australian politicians call for conscience vote on cloning
6 April 2006 - by BioNews
The Australian Treasurer, Peter Costello, has stated that politicians voting on how to reform laws on cloning and stem cell research in the country should be allowed to vote according to their conscience. In doing so, he stated that he planned to attempt to block the proposed relaxation of the... [Read More]
First transplant of adult bone stem cells in Australia
6 April 2006 - by BioNews
A medical team in Australia has announced that it has become the first to implant laboratory-grown stem cells into an orthopaedic patient. The procedure may eventually be used instead of the more complicated and painful bone grafting procedure that is currently commonly used to treat bad bone injuries... [Read More]
Postcode lottery for IVF continuing in UK
10 April 2006 - by BioNews
The UK's Independent on Sunday (IoS) says that 'a generation of women is being denied the chance to give birth', following an investigation that shows that provision of IVF services in the UK remains a 'postcode lottery'. The newspaper revealed that only 40 per cent of the nation's primary care... [Read More]
US federal policy on stem cell research has effect on publication
10 April 2006 - by BioNews
Stem cell researchers in the US are publishing a decreasing proportion of work on human embryonic stem (ES) cells, according to a study undertaken by the Stanford University Centre for Biomedical Ethics. The authors of the study suggest that the decrease in proportion is likely to be due - at least... [Read More]
Families of lung cancer patients more likely to get cancers themselves
10 April 2006 - by BioNews
Researchers in the US have discovered that people closely related to lung cancer patients who have never smoked are at an increased risk of developing some form of cancer themselves. The findings, which were presented last week at the annual conference of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggest a... [Read More]

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